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Capitol Health Call
October 12, 2005

Medicaid Cuts on Hold?

JAMA. 2005;294(14):1752. doi:10.1001/jama.294.14.1752-a

Following the displacement of large numbers of evacuees from New Orleans and other areas affected by Hurricane Katrina, Congress is reassessing a commitment to cut Medicaid funding to help offset proposed tax decreases.

In April, Congress agreed to decrease taxes by $106 billion for fiscal year 2006 and to offset the decrease, in part, by $35 billion in cuts to federal entitlement programs, including $10 billion for Medicaid funding over the next 5 years.

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